Intel Launches Mobile Linux Initiative

By Henry Kingman  |  Posted 2007-07-16
Intel has unveiled an ambitious project aimed at developing open-source software for mobile devices.

The Moblin project comprises a Linux kernel, user interface framework, browser, multimedia framework and embedded Linux image creation tools, along with developer resources such as documentation, mailing lists and an IRC channel.

Intel aims a low-cost laptop at emerging markets. Click here to read more.

Intel hopes Moblin will serve as a "point of integration" for multiple subprojects. Current subprojects include:

  • Kernel—platform-specific kernel patches and drivers
  • GTK-based UI framework—uses Hildon application framework, similar to Nokias Linux-based Web tablets
  • Power management policy project—a project that aims to provide a "comprehensive, robust, and extensible" framework for mobile device power management
  • Network profile manager—described as a unified, dynamic configuration system supporting the various protocols (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.) used to connect mobile devices
  • Browser—based on Mozilla, but with a finger-driven UI and Hildon integration

  • Multimedia—a "Moblin Media Artist" player offering a choice of gstreamer or Reals open-source Helix streaming frameworks
  • Image capture—an image capture, management and sharing application for still and video images

    Read the full story on Intel Launches Mobile Linux Initiative

    Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

  • Rocket Fuel